Big numbers are nice, but Cutler would prefer team effort

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is clearly impressed with Lions wideout Calvin Johnson, just as he loves having Brandon Marshall on his side.

But that doesn’t mean he thinks it’s the best way to do business.

In discussing Johnson’s record-breaking season, Cutler advocated a broader-based approach to passing the ball.

“It’s impressive what they’re doing,” Cutler replied when asked about Johnson, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“A lot of balls going his way. A lot of balls going B’s way. I think in an ideal world you’d like to get some other guys in the mix. If you can have three guys at 70, four guys at 50, 60, 70, and really spread it around.

“I think it makes defenses a lot more honest.”

Marshall leads the Bears in every receiving category by a wide margin. His 113 catches for 1,466 yards dwarf second-place Matt Forte’s 42 receptions for 319 yards. Marshall also has 11 touchdowns, and rookie Alshon Jeffrey is second with three.

That’s an even bigger spread than in Detroit, where Johnson’s numbers (117-1,892-5) are complemented by tight end Brandon Pettigrew (57-556-3).

The Bears have no tight end threat to speak of, after trading Greg Olsen to Carolina. Jeffrey has shown flashes for the Bears, but will have to stay healthy and be more consistent if he’s ever going to be the kind of player to make Cutler look away.

21 responses to “Big numbers are nice, but Cutler would prefer team effort

  1. By team effort does he mean blaming the OC for their problems, or yellin at his offensive lineman, or pouting on the bench after he got a boo boo instead of cheering his team on in the NFC championship game?

  2. “Trading Greg Olsen still hurts.”
    We basically traded Olsen and a 3rd for B. Marshal.
    I’d take that trade any day of the week and twice on Sunday!
    Olsen was overrated and unreliable on 3rd downs. Dropped way too many

  3. Meh, we’re used to one-dimensional offense.

    Walter left, Walter right, Walter up the gut. Punt Walter, Punt! Same ol’, same ol’.

    The Bears don’t need stability (they’ve been stagnant for decades offensively) and they don’t need to spread it around (no one to spread it around to).

    The Bears need 21st century philosophy (aka new ownership).

  4. Cutler tossing others underneath the bus again. Jaynnie needs to accept some personal responsibility if more receivers need the ball. He’s the one taking the snaps, fading back, and throwing the ball.
    Hope N Suh puts him on his back on Sunday and spoils the Bears playoff hopes!

  5. tooba2026 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 3:00 PM
    Dont the bears have the same team, off line, and OC that they did when they started out 7-1?


    no… 2 starters injured, 1 takle moved to guard position. Oh, andit does not really matter, they couldn’t block now or then.

  6. Anybody else remember who Jay Cutler was throwing to last year? Yea me either. Now people are complaining that he’s only throwing to one guy. The only guy who’s putting up more receiving yards in a season than any WR in team history.

    None of Cutler’s other WR’s on the Bears had anything close to 1,000 yards in a season.

    I swear Jay Cutler’s haters whine more than he does.

  7. I think people are slipping on Johnny Knox. He was the best WR this team had before Marshall got here. I pray he gets healthy (not only for the team but for himself) enough to suit up again.

  8. blackandbluedivision says:
    Dec 26, 2012 4:13 PM
    I think people are slipping on Johnny Knox. He was the best WR this team had before Marshall got here. I pray he gets healthy (not only for the team but for himself) enough to suit up again.

    Unfortunately Knox’s career is over. He’ll never play again.

  9. hey, megatron only has 4 more catches this year, so if brandon marshall can just catch four passes for 426 yards, THEN you can mention him in the same breath. forcing someone the ball is one thing, but when they’re getting over 16 ypc (?!!) i’d argue that megatron’s not getting the ball enough!

  10. yaryers says:
    Dec 26, 2012 3:11 PM
    Yardage-wise, that is NOT a bigger spread than the duo in Detroit.
    The point being made is they are comparable on receptions. CJ has only 4 more catches than Marshall. Taking nothing away from B. Marsh…he’s not in Calvin’s league.

  11. WatchThis says: Dec 26, 2012 6:12 PM

    “Love how CJ gets 150+ yards against dishonest defenses with one job to do, stop him.”

    Bears defense stopped him…And CJ has 4 more catches and 6 fewer touchdowns than Marshall, plus all those yards per catch, and yet the Lions are gonna finish 5-11 while the Bears go 10-6 and possibly make the playoffs.

    (And if your team somehow proves me wrong on Sunday, I’ll be the first to congratulate them…I just don’t see it happening.)

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